Scholars

Dr Firuza Melville

Director of Research

Shahnameh Centre for Persian Studies, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Email address: fia21@cam.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 339851
Director of Studies at Peterhouse and Corpus Christi

Dr Firuza Melville is a graduate (BA, MA honour) of the Iranian Philology Department, Faculty of Oriental Studies, St Petersburg University, where she received her PhD in Iranian philology, Art and Islamic Studies in 1989. She was an Associate Professor at the University of St Petersburg when she joined the Cambridge Shahnama Project in 2002 after a term at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and a term at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) as a Fulbright Professor. From September 2005 until September 2010 she was Lecturer in Persian Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Keeper of the Firdousi Library of Wadham College. From October 2010 Dr Melville was the Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow and Research Associate of the Cambridge Shahnama Project. Since September 2013 she is the Director of Research of the Pembroke Shahnameh Centre (Cambridge Centre for Persian Studies).

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Ünver Rüstem

Ünver Rüstem specialises in the art and architecture of the Islamic world, with a focus on the Ottoman Empire in its later centuries. He is particularly interested in East-West intersections and interactions, and his BA and MA, both from the University of London (SOAS and UCL), were jointly in Islamic and European art history. He earned his doctorate at Harvard University, where he wrote a dissertation on the architectural transformation of eighteenth-century Istanbul, a project for which he was awarded a Junior Fellowship at Istanbul's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. Before coming to Cambridge, he was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University.

 

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